How to hem – 6 different options
Here are six different ways to hem, whether it’s pants, skirts, dresses, prom dresses, wedding dresses or jeans. The how to hem with 6 different options depends on what look you are going for and what fabric it’s made of.
First of all, you want to mark your hem. You can use a chalk marker or straight pins. Have your client or yourself try the garment on wearing the shoes they will wear with that particular garment. Mark the finished edge of where the hem will need to go!
Supplies for how to hem:
Brother Sewing Machine
Singer Sewing Machine
Brother Embroidery & Sewing Machine
Your choice of garment
Needle and thread (optional)
Point turner aka hump jumper lol
If you are a visual learner – watch YouTube video here:
Next and most importantly, decide which option you will use so you know how much length to add before you cut off the excess. I generally try to put the same hem in that was on the garment. For example, if it had a rolled hem, I also put a rolled hem back in. Or if it was blind stitched, I use that method.
Good for girls dresses or sleeves.
Straight stitch – narrow hem – Add 1/2” to finished length.
Press up 1/4”. Press up another 1/4”. Pin it or just use your fingers if it has a good press.
Sew a straight stitch with 2.5 stitch length 1/8” from folded up hem. The thread in your bobbin needs to match the fabric.
Hand sewing. Best option if you don’t have a sewing machine.
Add 1 1/4” to finished edge you marked.
Press up 1/4”. Press up another one inch. Pin it in place.
To hand stitch. Tie a knot in the end of your thread. Take a stitch out of the fold. Next, Take one thread stitch in the garment and come up in the fold. Go about 1/4” on average and take another thread from the garment and come up in the fold. Just continue hemming this way until you are all the way around. This is a slip stitch.
Optionally, you can make a blind stitch hem by hand. Tie a knot in the end of your thread. Take a stitch out of the fold. After that, take one thread stitch in the garment then go 1/4” into the fold of the turned up hem. Take another bite from the garment and go through the fold. Continue that around the garment.
First off, always use a denim/jean needle when sewing on denim. To get the same look, use a gold thread. The bobbin thread is what will show, so use gold in the bobbin.
Add one inch to the finished mark. Press up 1/2” and another 1/2”. Pin your folded up hem.
Sew a straight stitch 1/8” from fold on the folded up hem.
If and when you have to sew over a bulky seam, use a point turner or a hump jumper with a notch in it to help go over that bulk.
Put it under the presser foot in the back and sew, being mindful not to sew into the plastic. Sew a few stitches, raise your presser foot and move the point turner or hump jumper along to keep the presser foot level with the seam. Move around to the front of the presser foot and take a few more stitches until you are over the seam, remove, and continue sewing.
Option Four of How to Hem-6 different options:
Blind stitch hem! Add 1 3/4” to finished mark. Cut off excess. Works great for dress pants, skirts, and dresses.
You need a presser foot that is made for blind stitching. There are different options for different machines. Find your machine and see which one fits.
The blind stitch setting makes about 4 straight stitches, then a zig zag stitch which is what catches the turned up hem. Pick this stitch on your machine.
Fold up 1/2”, press. Fold another 1 1/4” and press that.
From inside the garment, fold back the hem leaving about 3/8” seam. You will sew on that from the inside. Check to see how much of a bite the zig zag is taking and adjust by narrowing the stitch width or turn the little wheel on the presser foot to adjust where your material runs through. Play with both settings until you have it taking only a small bite of the folded edge.
This is much easier to see in the YouTube video. It is at 12:40 time stamp in the video. This method has a very professional look.
Press finished hem.
Rolled Hem. Add 1/2” extra from finished length. Set up your serger for a rolled hem. Check your manual to see how to set it up. I have a video about this here:
This works great on chiffon for prom or wedding dresses. Also, works great on cotton, especially on the hem of ruffles. Looks good on knit also, especially for a lettuce hem on knit.
Run through your machine, cutting off the excess of about 1/4”. Sew all the way around, going over your original start. Serge off of the edge and cut threads.
For a lettuce edge on knit fabric, stretch the front of the knit while the rolled hem is being sewn.
Cover stitch. Add 5/8” to marked edge of hem.
Press up 5/8” on edge. You need a Cover Stitch Machine for this method. It works great on knit material. This is the stitch used on all t-shirts on the bottom hem or the sleeve hem. It is a beautiful stitch.
The machine uses 3 cones of thread. Has two needle straight stitches and one chain looper stitch. See your machine on how to thread it and set it up.
You will sew from the right side of the fabric. Check the mark to guide your fabric through so that the left needle is even with the turned up edge of hem. Put the wrong side up only to mark where to guide your fabric. Then…
Then sew from the right side.
End your stitching on the top of the beginning stitches, using the marks on the presser foot (where the needles are) to sew over your starting stitches.
Above is top side.
Below is the underside.
Disengage the threads by pulling the hand wheel toward you until the needles are all the way down. Raise the presser foot and turn the hand wheel away from you until the needles are in their highest position. Pull the threads away from the needle threads and pull the material out to cut the threads. Tie a knot in the chain stitches underneath. (The beginning and the ending threads.)
In conclusion for how to hem-6 different options, choose the hem option that you want to put in your garment, mark the finished hem line. Add the amount you need for that hem, and go to town, sewing!!!
Thanks for reading and good luck!!!!
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